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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 12, 2008
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay, a loosely strung-together collection of sex, race, and stoner jokes, is, by any rational standard, a terrible movie, yet I kept laughing at it, and I came out of the theatre in a good mood.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 30, 2008
A fitfully funny if somewhat less excellent sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 28, 2008
As much as I enjoyed the pot-fueled laughs and the sheer energetic lunacy of the original, I was really let down by this uninspired sequel.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2008
The jokes all revolve around weed, stereotypes, and Neil Patrick Harris; the stereotype stuff is by far the funniest.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 25, 2008
A guilty pleasure that retains the anarchic charms of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 25, 2008
This is one of those rare pictures that can gross you out and make you think at one and the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 25, 2008
Harold and Kumar are pothead patriots in the first feel-good torture film.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 25, 2008
Most of the wannabe outrageous racial humor is too shallow to constitute real satire.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
April 25, 2008
It's as if the filmmakers were doing something that impaired their concentration and made them lose focus on something they started.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 2008
The film is carried by its charismatic stars, John Cho as Harold and Kal Penn as Kumar. Kumar plays Laurel to Harold's Hardy, continually getting the pair into messes. Cho is a marvel at displaying exasperation, his face contorting into a frown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2008
Offers a mix of nasty toilet jokes and sex gags, but the gratuitous nudity (male and female) and crazy cannabis-ness are there to serve a greater good: to mock social and political hypocrisy, a culture steeped in prejudice and pretense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 25, 2008
The whole film feels easily distracted and apt to laugh at anything. But that's okay. So is its target audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 25, 2008
[The movie's] idiocy serves the cause of good sense and intelligence. And no, I'm not smoking anything.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 25, 2008
I didn't laugh anywhere near as much at this far less fresh sequel - which is broader, more vulgar, more scattershot, more overtly political and a lot less funny than it sounds on paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 25, 2008
Penn and Cho's stoner slapstick will doubtless please their obsessive fans.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 25, 2008
While Penn and Cho remain casually cool (they're hipper than the fools who spout bigoted clichés), the movie forgets to stay true to their characters or to itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 25, 2008
With its intoxicating blend of frat boy humor and sociological satire, Escape From Guantanamo Bay is the comedy of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2008
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is no political tract, but it can be surprisingly bold.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
April 25, 2008
The film is far from an intelligent commentary on America's race relations...but at a time when race is at the forefront of the American discussion, it presents the topic in a way at which we can laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 25, 2008
As is so often the case with sequels, this one feels like a retread, albeit on a bigger scale.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 24, 2008
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay embraces America's capacity for decency and kindness. The possibility that we could actually be that great country isn't just a pipe dream. Only sometimes you need a pipe to truly believe in it.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 24, 2008
Any comedy zany enough to include a veiled, left-field reference to Clara's Heart has something going for it.
Read More | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 24, 2008
It's sporadically enjoyable in a silly, mindless way and it's hard not to laugh at least a few time while awash in all the bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 24, 2008
In all its mock outrage and its daring shots at hypocrisy, bigotry and the government, Harold & Kumar, the characters and the movie, lose their subversive innocence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2008
You find yourself smiling at some of the bits, wincing through many, many others, and ultimately wondering if the pacing would've improved had either H or K developed a terrible cocaine habit.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Wilonsky
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2008
As occasionally entertaining as it can be, Guantanamo Bay is essentially a bawdier -- but, sadly, dumber -- version of its precursor.
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 23, 2008
They're such lovable goofs that you can't help wishing their quest for White Castle fast food and their flight from Gitmo could live up to the sort of sharp satire these two bright boys deserve.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 23, 2008
Unfortunately, nothing in Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo is funnier than its title.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 10, 2008
In its own wacky way, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay is one of the ballsiest comedies to come out of Hollywood in a long time. No kidding.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2008
Lacks the fresh charm that made their first such an unexpected (if guilty) pleasure.